Panel to review smaller Anglers plan

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— The Steamboat Springs Planing Commission will review a smaller Anglers Preserve subdivision when the developers appear before it tonight to seek a development permit.

Anglers Retreat would create 18 single-family lots on Anglers Drive and Rollingstone Drive. The property is bounded on the south by Fish Creek, and is approximately half way between Old Town Steamboat and the ski area base. The 18 lots represent four fewer than were proposed during a preliminary Planning Commission review in March.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. today in the Public Safety Building at 840 Yampa St. The Anglers Retreat public hearing is the first item on the agenda. In addition, the commission will hear a proposal for the 6,000-square-foot Blue Mountain Warehouse on County Road 129. The developers are David and Marilyn Brotherton. The final item on tonights agenda is the conceptual review of three new retail buildings being proposed for U.S. 40 immediately north of the existing Kum & Go. The developer is Jerry Stanford of VGS Enterprises. The three buildings would total 23,400 square feet, with the largest measuring 12,000 square feet.

The developers are a joint venture made up of the principles of Colorado Group Realty and Nicholson Investments. They say they intend to maintain architectural control over the homes built in the subdivision to ensure the use of compatible materials and adherence to an "alpine cottage design."

Project planner Peter Patten of Patten Associates said the developers are stressing sensitivity to mature evergreen trees and streams and wetlands found on the site. The plan reads:

"The primary goal of Anglers Retreat is to protect the spectacular natural environment found on the site by sensitively siting a small number of homesites with the least amount of disturbance to the variety water features and mature vegetation found on the site."

In addition to Fish Creek, the 6.43-acre site includes wetlands, streams and a small pond. It also is within easy walking distance of shopping at Sundance and Central Park plazas.

City planning commissioners found things to praise about Anglers Retreat during the March 9 conceptual review of the subdivision. But a majority agreed the developers' request for 22 lots represented too much density on a difficult site.

The developers originally maintained that 22 building lots on the site was significantly fewer than they are entitled too, and pointed out they were proposing 50 percent open space. However, the amount of buildable land is limited by the wetlands on the site, and the Planning Commission was uncomfortable with the fact that the site plan for 22 lots could only be achieved with a private road that would be narrower than a city street.

"My problem is with the density calculations," Commissioner Vince Hooper said on March 9. "I just can't see they are realistic. My biggest problem is using a private road as a means of subverting the intent of the (development) code."

Patten said in a letter to the Planning Commission that the present reduction from 22 building lots to 18 is an attempt to meet concerns raised by planning staff and the commissioners as well as the neighbors of the development.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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